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SNA 2014 General Session announced — Steinhardt on the economy
SNA
While Michael Steinhardt, hedge fund titan, financier, investor, newspaper publisher and philanthropist is at The Southern Plant Conference to talk plants, we couldn't miss the opportunity to get his insight on the economy and how to position our businesses moving forward. All SNA 2014 attendees are invited to attend this casual interview, hosted by Carol Miller, Today's Garden Center, on Wednesday, July 23, 8 a.m.-9 a.m., the opening day of the SNA 2014 Regional Marketplace. The SNA 2014 General Session, sponsored by Today's Garden Center, is included with SNA 2014 Name Badge registration. Watch for more details in the coming weeks.
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The Garden Center Group's Sid Raisch to host the Retailers' Choice Awards SNA 2014
SNA
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced that Sid Raisch of The Garden Center Group will host the SNA Retailers' Choice Awards during SNA 2014, scheduled for Jult 22-24, 2014, at Atlanta's Georgia International Convention Center (GICC). All retailers are invited to join Sid as he scours the SNA 2014 show floor in search of the most unique and innovative products that have the potential to be best sellers in the garden center. The elite list of winners will be recognized on the SNA Stage at the end of the first day of the show.
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SNA 2014 for landscapers
SNA
Set your business on a more profitable course by attending one (or all) of the educational sessions offered at SNA 2014. Full of takeaways, these sessions offer innovative ideas, and sound, practical advise for both personal and business growth. This year's Landscape Sessions features “Rain Gardens to the Rescue," presented by Dr. Helen Kraus, Assistant Professor, NC State University, and "Turn Your Team Into A Selling Machine," presented by Katheryn Danger, Profitivity, Inc. And, retailers won't want to miss this special opportunity to access AmericasMart during SNA Day @ AmericasMart! The Southern Plant Conference features a stellar cast of speakers ... the brightest minds in horticulture come together to share their knowledge and insight on the best new plants for growers, landscapers and retailers. It's a rare opportunity you won't want to miss! More information on Landscape Sessions in the next edition. (CEUs approved by ISA, PLANET, FNGLA, TXNLA and VNLA and other CEU credits applied for).

Wednesday, July 23
9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Rain Gardens to the Rescue!
Dr. Helen Kraus
Asst. Prof. NC State University

Thursday, July 24
9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Growing from $100,000 to $1,000,000!
Tony Bass, Founder and CEO
Super Lawn Technologies


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Welcome new members
SNA
Earl Deal, Smokey Holler Tree Farm, Laurel Springs, NC
Chris Murphy, Silver Bait, Coalmont, TN
Victoria Ross, Ross’ Garden Shop, Ocean Springs, MS

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SNA career network
SNA

The SNA Career Network is provided as a service to the industry. For current listings of open positions, follow the link provided. Got a job listing? We can list your position to help you find that perfect person! Simply email us at mail@sna.org.

Latest Listing

Production & Inventory Coach, Monrovia, Cairo, GA
Responsible for overseeing all production plans and coordinating the inventory and purchasing needs for the location.

For a complete description and qualifications, CLICK HERE.

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Register for SNA 2014 by July 18 for a chance to win an iPad mini!
SNA
Register for SNA 2014 by July 18 and your name will be entered into a drawing to Win an iPad mini! In addition, two lucky winners will have a chance to Win an iPad in an on-site drawing. And, as an added bonus, parking is FREE for all attendees! Simply mention SNA 2014 to the parking attendant. For more details on SNA 2014 or to register visit www.sna.org.
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 REGIONAL NEWS



Jack Williams candidate for District 102
ANLA
We are proud that one of our own, Jack Williams of Tom Dodd Nurseries, is running as a candidate for the Alabama House of Representatives. He is running for the 102nd District position in South Alabama that includes the Semmes area. To learn more about his candidacy, visit his website www.votejackwilliams.com.
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Florikan plans expansion and relocation of facilities
Florikan
Florikan, a specialist in polymer-coated fertilizer technologies for the agriculture and horticulture industries, will be expanding operations to better serve the needs of the company's valued customers and partners.

The relocation will occur in two stages. Effective July 1, 2014, Corporate offices will be re-located to 6801 Energy Court, Suite 100, Sarasota, FL 34240 (Phone: 800.322.8666). Operations and manufacturing will continue to operate from current location at 1579 Barber Road, and distribution and warehousing will continue to operate from current location at 1523 Edgar Place (pick up will remain at this same warehouse location). Second, in summer 2015, Florikan's manufacturing, distribution and warehousing facilities will be consolidated into a newly constructed, centrally located facility in Wauchula, FL. A grand opening and additional details will be announced at a later date. For information about Florikan, visit www.Florikan.com or call 800.322.8666.

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GGIA Chapter 2 meeting on May 14
GGIA
The Georgia Green Industry Association will be hosting the first GGIA Chapter 2 meeting on Wednesday, May 14 at the State Botanical Garden. The group will be meeting at the Garden's Horticulture Complex, which includes their state of the art greenhouses, potting areas and offices. It's a side of the garden not seen by most visitors that will be of great interest to our folks. Let's be sure to have a big turnout! We will begin the meeting at 6:30 p.m. with tours of the facilities followed by dinner and a brief business meeting. GGIA will update you on news from the industry and Perry Walden will brief us on happenings from the Department of Agriculture. So, please plan on joining us for this peek behind the curtains at the Gardens. Pizza and salad are on the menu from world famous Pepino's just down the street. Help us to know how much to order. RSVP to Chris@ggia.org no later than Monday, May 12. Dinner sponsorships are available. Give us a call at 706.632.0100 if you'd like more details.
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Plant Delights Nursery introduces new perennial plant variety
Digital Journal
Plant Delights Nursery, a worldwide mail order plant nursery, received the Direct Gardening Association's (DGA) annual Green Thumb Award in 2014. A panel of independent garden writers and editors selected Plant Delights Nursery's Baptisia 'Blue Towers' one of the five best new plant varieties for 2014. PDN's Baptisia 'Blue Towers,' also known as false indigo, represents over a decade of hybridizing and subsequent plant evaluation in the trial gardens at PDN and at Walters Gardens in Michigan.
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 INDUSTRY NEWS



KKR in talks to buy ValleyCrest
Lawn & Landscape
The Brickman Group's new owners are in advanced talks to purchase ValleyCrest Landscape Cos., Lawn & Landscape has confirmed. If the deal goes through, it would be the largest merger in landscape industry history, forming an industry giant doing business in all major U.S. markets.
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10 ideas you can use to make Mother's Day memorable
Today's Garden Center
This year's late spring has made it a challenge for some garden center retailers to jump into the Mother's Day season. However, even if the cold weather has left you with lower sales so far this year, Today's Garden Center has gathered 10 marketing ideas to make Mother's Day 2014 the highest grossing ever.
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Floriculture crop farms increasing
Greenhouse Management
The USDA released the 2012 Ag Census data recently. The numbers paint an interesting portrait of agriculture in America. There are now 914.5 million acres of farmland, 2.1 million farms and 3.2 million farmers. Twenty-two percent of all farmers were "beginning farmers" in 2012, meaning they had operated a farm for 10 years or less.
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Controlling weeds in the field
American Nurseryman
Weed control in the Pacific Northwest can pose challenges that are unique to the region, but the basics of control apply no matter where your nursery is located. When battling these insidious pests in fields of young plants, it's critical to follow the kind of protocol that's designed to take down weeds without risking collateral damage.
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Dealing with high temperatures
Greenhouse Product News
Demand for some cold-tolerant floriculture crops continues well into spring, which can make production of high-quality plants difficult when the weather gets warm. Cold-tolerant crops, also sometimes called cool-season crops, have a low base temperature, which means they develop at relatively low temperatures (40° F or lower).
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Why you should add hydroseeding to your portfolio
Lawn & Landscape
Hydroseeding is a method of seeding small and large properties that can be more efficient and less labor intensive than seeding or laying sod. Up until the economic downturn of 2008, the hydroseeding industry had been experiencing steady growth for equipment, material suppliers and hydroseeders. Still, hydroseeding is a viable profit option for landscapers and contractors and should see growth as the housing market continues to rebound.
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Systemic insecticides and bees: Are we revisiting 'Silent Spring'?
Greenhouse Grower
Recently, there have been concerns associated with the potential direct and indirect effects of neonicotinoid systemic insecticides on bees. The neonicotinoid systemic insecticides include imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, dinotefuran, clothianidin and acetamiprid. These active ingredients are present in many products available to both professionals and homeowners. The concern is affiliated with exposure from foliar applications and exposure to pollen and nectar that may be contaminated via applications to the soil or growing medium.
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Plants send out signals attracting harmful bacteria
Nursery Management
A study from the University of Missouri has found that plants send out a signal that attracts harmful bacteria. When bacteria attack plants, they often inject harmful proteins into the host plants’ cells to weaken and suppress natural defenses. However, in some plants, bacteria attack once they've recognized the plant cells as a potential host. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have identified and replicated the process that allows the bacteria — known mostly for attacking tomatoes — to invade its host.
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Always a student
Lawn & Garden Retailer
Very few of us had the foresight or vision before we assumed a leadership role in our businesses to think about and come up with "rules" to guide us in how we managed or led our companies and teams, and I greatly admire those who did. One of these individuals who did just this was JW "Bill" Marriott, the son of J. Willard Marriott, the founder of the Marriott International conglomerate.
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